Recent News for Nutrition-Related Problems

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Search for the Cause of Equine Atypical Myopathy

April 04, 2011

Equine atypical myopathy (EAM), a seasonal, pasture-associated muscle disorder of unknown etiology (cause), presents a particular challenge to veterinarians. The disease is characterized by a generalized complete degeneration of muscle fibers, which ... Read More

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Electrolyte Primer

April 01, 2011

Not every horse requires electrolyte supplementation to regulate water content in the body, but some do. ... Read More

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Horses Needed for Metabolic Syndrome and Laminitis Research

February 25, 2011

The equine genetics research group at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is collaborating with Ray Geor, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor and chair of the department of large animal clinical sciences at Michigan ... Read More

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Understanding Carbohydrates in Equine Diets

February 04, 2011

When it comes to managing the carbohydrates in a horse's diet, knowing the basics of how horses digest food is half the battle. Laurie Lawrence, PhD, an equine nutritionist from the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Science who ... Read More

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Identifying and Managing Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)

January 31, 2011

Diagnosing EMS and taking steps to manage it can allow your horse to live a healthy and productive life. ... Read More

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Manna Pro Issues Feed Recall

January 31, 2011

Horse feed manufacturer Manna Pro Products LLC has voluntarily recalled one of its horse feed products distributed in California, Nevada, and Oregon because it might contain potentially harmful levels of monensin sodium (trade name Rumensin). ... Read More

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Chronic Equine Weight Loss

January 01, 2011

A methodical evaluation of affected horses is more important than the lengthy list of possible diagnoses.... Read More

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Tying-Up in Thoroughbreds: Narrowing the Genetic Search

December 24, 2010

Researchers suspect tying-up in horses is a heritable condition; however, they have yet to determine the gene--or genes--responsible. But a team of Japanese researchers recently moved the investigation forward with a groundbreaking study of affected ... Read More

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Antioxidants for Top Performance

December 19, 2010

Oxidation is a metabolic process that allows horses to transform carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy... Read More

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Dirt an Important Source of Iron for Horses

December 18, 2010

Horses constantly ingest dirt when they graze. While excessive dirt consumption sometimes causes problems such as sand accumulation in the large intestine, the dirt that horses normally consume while grazing supplies some essential nutrients... Read More

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What's In Your Horse's DNA?

December 01, 2010

Geneticists have created tools and tests that enhance horse breeders' ability to select for healthy foals.... Read More

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Feeding the Estrous Cycle: Tailoring the Mare's Diet

December 01, 2010

Mares must have a well-balanced diet and healthy body condition to cycle properly, conceive, and carry a foal.... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Johnsongrass Poisoning in Horses

November 22, 2010

The drought that has affected many regions of Kentucky and the surrounding area this year has some horse owners worried about Johnsongrass poisoning. Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) is a drought-tolerant noxious weed that can infiltrate pastures ...... Read More

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Mycotoxins and Metabolic Stress in Equine Athletes

November 19, 2010

Thanks to climate change and increasing amounts of grain blends, the prevalence of feed-borne mycotoxins (dangerous toxins exuded from molds) is on the rise, according to Trevor Smith, PhD, of the University of Guelph, Canada. Smith, a professor ... Read More

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Dietary Supplementation Helps Obese Insulin-Resistant Horses

November 12, 2010

Overweight, insulin-resistant horses might need a special dietary supplement called short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS), which are short chains of sugar molecules linked together. ... Read More

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Molds and Mycotoxins In Horse Feed: Basic Facts

November 11, 2010

Mycotoxins are harmful secondary compounds produced by molds that are found in soil and vegetable matter including grains, forages, and feed.... Read More

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Scottish Researchers on the Hunt for Cause of Equine Grass Sickness

November 09, 2010

Equine grass sickness (EGS) is an often fatal neurologic disease affecting primarily young grazing horses, and a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland are working to find its cause. ... Read More

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High-Protein Diet Okay for HYPP Horse?

November 01, 2010

I've heard high levels of protein would make a horse "hot." Is this true?... Read More

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Fit or Fat? (Equine Body Condition)

November 01, 2010

Most owners get mixed results the first time they try to assess their horse using the Henneke body condition scale. However, it is a useful tool every conscientious owner should master.... Read More

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Neuromuscular Disease Can Lead to Performance Issues

October 24, 2010

Neuromuscular diseases, which affect the function of muscles and the way they interact with the nervous system, can lead to performance issues, said Kelsey A. Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, internal medicine clinician and graduate fellow at the U... Read More

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Mature Hay Bedding has Potential for Tall Fescue Toxicity

October 14, 2010

With budgets tight, a number of horse farm managers have reduced costs by using a hay harvest of overmature grass pastures for bedding. On the surface it makes sense to bed stalls with this stemmy hay. But be cautious when using it f... Read More

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Shedding Light on Strangles in Horses

October 01, 2010

Strangles is caused by a bacterium that gains access to the body through the nose or throat. Some affected horses suffer breathing obstruction due to enlarged lymph nodes that narrow the air passages--hence, the name strangles.... Read More

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Tying-Up: Current Diagnosis and Nutritional Management

September 22, 2010

Researchers estimate that three of every 100 performance horses will experience signs of tying-up.... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Alsike Clover and Red Clover

September 15, 2010

Alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum) and red clover (Trifolium pratense) are valuable forage crops in North America and are often included in pasture seed mixes. However, these plants can be associated with disease conditions in all animals including ... Read More

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The Dieting Horse

September 01, 2010

Weight management is an important issue in equine medicine with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.... Read More